European Game Day: 3-15-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Karpat 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

With nothing on the line, JYP started backup Joni Myllykoski in their regular season ending 4-1 win over Karpat. JYP finishes the regular season 4th on the SM-liiga table. Karpat, which would've finished in the top-6 of the league with a win, instead finishes 7th and will now have to play in the opening play-in round. JYP already knows who their Semifinal Round opponent will be: 5th seed Assat. The Semifinals will begin next Thursday, the 22nd.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 2 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 5
St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Nikita Gusev's game opening power play goal, but it was all downhill from there for CSKA Jr. in their Game One loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-Blue Jackets first rounder Nikita Filatov scored CSKA Jr.'s other goal. Game Two is Friday.